When Philip Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was still one of the most recognizable--and influential--figures on the American cultural landscape. The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and MoMA's founding architectural curator, Johnson made his mark as one of America's leading architects with his famous Glass House in New Caanan, CT, and his controversial AT&T Building in NYC, among many others in nearly every city in the country--but his most natural role was as a consummate power broker and shaper of public opinion.
Mark Lamster is the award-winning architectural critic of the Dallas Morning News, a professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His writing appears regularly in national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a native of New York and now lives with his family in Dallas.
John P. Klingman, Emeritus architecture professor at Tulane University. In 2001 received the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, Tulane’s highest teaching honor; he has received the annual Tulane School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award multiple times. Frequently called upon by local and national media to discuss architecture in New Orleans, he is a regular architecture critic in the city, writing an annual “Best of New New Orleans Architecture” article since 1997 for New Orleans Magazine.
A "smoothly written and fair-minded" (Wall Street Journal) biography of architect Philip Johnson--a finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award